Where do I look for help with healthcare?
Various programs may provide assistance depending on the situation. Several state programs may be able to provide services based on area of need. Grant opportunities can help pay for care not included in state programs and not covered by insurance. The programs listed here may provide health care assistance, either by providing health care or through financial assistance.

State Programs

BabyNet is South Carolina’s early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays or conditions associated with developmental delays. BabyNet services are provided at no cost to the family.

Continuum of Care provides intensive case management to assist children with severe emotional disturbance, their families and agency providers in developing an individualized plan of service for a child eligible through a formal selection process.
p. (803) 734-4500

SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, head and spinal cord injuries and conditions related to these disabilities. Services are delivered through local county Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Boards. DDSN also provides early intervention services to children birth to age six years of age.
p. (803) 898-9600 or 1(888) 376-4636

SC DHEC Division of Children’s Health
located in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, promotes and protects the health of children and their families in all 46 counties of South Carolina, Inc. Programs managed through this division include Children with Special Health Care Needs. Services include information and referrals, care coordination and financial assistance from DHEC.
p. (803) 898-0784

SC Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides a full range of community and inpatient services to people of all ages who are affected by serious mental illness and significant emotional disorders. These services are provided through a network of 17 community mental health centers that serve the state’s 46 counties.
p. (803) 898-8581

Other Opportunities

Please note these organizations are not endorsed by Family Connection of South Carolina. These are opportunities that we have been made aware of that we make available to families to determine what is a best fit for a family and its circumstances.

IMPACT is a project of national Family Voices and promotes a holistic approach to health and wellness for all families and children including those with special healthcare needs and disabilities. It also promotes health and wellness by developing materials and tools and sharing other resources that help families learn skills to build healthy relationships, healthy families and healthy communities.

NeedyMeds is a national nonprofit information resource dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

Pfizer RXPathways connects eligible patients to a range of assistance programs that offer insurance support, co-pay help and medicines for free or at a savings. Enter the name of the medicine you’ve been prescribed. You can search one medicine at a time. Then answer a few questions to see which available program(s) may be right for you.

RX Outreach is a nonprofit pharmacy committed to helping people get the medications they need at an affordable price.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Visit the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation website to read more about the grants and how to apply.

Welvista is a unique private-public partnership of non-governmental healthcare intervention that, since 1993, has helped thousands of uninsured residents in South Carolina.
Care Providers

Community Health Centers are community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, high-quality, patient-focused health care services in a culturally appropriate manner. With a focus on primary care, prevention, education and case management, health centers accept most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For those patients without insurance, services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on the patient’s income.

Hands of Hope Pediatric Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on children, prenatal to age 21, with complex or serious conditions and their families, enhancing quality of life in partnership with the existing care team. Hands of Hope Pediatric Comfort and Palliative Care is provided by the only nationally board certified interdisciplinary team available to serve any child living in or visiting South Carolina.

RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program provides provides professional speech and language therapy to children with speech and language disorders.

Shriners Hospitals for Children– Greenville is a pediatric hospital providing comprehensive care to children with orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases.